BJP Team To Visit Malkangiri Tomorrow To Review JE Menace

**Bhubaneswar**: The Odisha unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has formed a five-member team on Sunday which will visit Malkangiri district tomorrow to take stock of Japanese Encephalitis, a vector-borne disease that claimed 105 lives so far.

The team headed by Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan comprises State BJP Legislature Party leader KV Singhdeo, State BJP President Basanta Panda and two other leaders.

According to reports, the 5-member team will visit affected villages, Community Health Centres (CHCs), Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) in the tribal-dominated district.

The team will submit report to Health Ministry, National President after its return from the JE affected district, reports added.

Speaking to reporters here, State BJP President Basant Panda said: “A high-level team lead by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will visit Malkangiri tomorrow to study the ground realities of JE affected children and will submit the report to the Union Health Minister JP Nadda.”

Besides, we will brief the ground report to BJP National President Amit Saha, Panda added.
Meanwhile, the death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis increased to 105 in Malkangiri , after two children undergoing treatment at the district headquarters hospital died of the vector-borne disease on Sunday.

The deceased have been identified as Nila Madkami (3) of Kataguda area under Padia block and Linga Madkami (2) of Amarakunda village under Korukonda block in Malkangiri district.

In a related development, the Malkangiri district administration today decided to undertake vaccination drive against Japanese Encephalitis after conducting a three-day door-to-door survey.

The decision for the vaccination drive was taken after a review meeting chaired by district collector K Sudarshan Chakravarthy.

Children in the 1-15 age group will be immediately vaccinated after the end of a three-day door-to-door survey on November 20, 21, & 22, the Collector informed.

Teachers, Anganwadi workers and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) will be engaged in the immunization programme which will begin at 8 AM to end at 3 PM, the collector informed.